Welcome to The Shelton Challenge ~ Creating a Healthier Community Today

What is “The Shelton Challenge?”

An initiative  by “Coach Cathy” Buchanan ♦ Inspired by the Body by Vi Health Challenge & book, “Winning the Food Fight, Victory in the Physical & Spiritual Battle for Good Food and a Healthy Lifestyle” by Pastor Steve Willis

 “Coach Cathy” Buchanan. RN, BSN; former School Nurse for the Olympia School District; Credentialed Health Teacher K-12; High School Volleyball Coach (Head “C” Team) for Capital High School.   Shelton resident since 2009.  Coach Cathy works with the community regarding helping our area homeless as well as working with the Mason County Health Department’s Eating for Health Initiative.

GOAL: Focusing on healthy eating & being active to help change the lives of individuals & families for generations to come ~ creating a living legacy. Touching every area in our community: business, civic, government, schools (public & private), churches, tribes, law enforcement, families and individuals.

FACT: 67% of Americans today are considered overweight or obese. Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults. Adult obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. If children are overweight, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe. (The Center for Disease Control, CDC)

The Shelton Challenges main focus alongside eating for health & activity is contributing to our communities food pantry with the ViSalus Community Challenge.  Listen to Pastor Steve Willis share what a difference the Community Challenge is for his local community in Huntington, WV…once deemed the fattest, unhealthiest community in the nation.

Contributions to the Saints’ Pantry can be made through Saint David’s ViSalus Giving website @ http://saintdavids.visalusgiving.com  Each $24 donation feeds 60 child sized meals. ViSalus matches your donation and ships this non-perishable protein directly to the food bank…free shipping.

“The Shelton Challenge” is a community based health and fitness platform flexible enough for anyone to participate. This is not a diet, but a lifestyle change with 90 days segments to work toward creating healthy habits to last a life time.

We believe that in order to truly make a transformation, it is vital to build healthy habits in four critical areas.

♦ Nutrition
♦ Fitness
♦ Competition
♦ Accountability

Nutrition: Did you know that a whopping 80% of an effective weight-loss/fitness program is dependent on proper nutrition. Without proper fuel in your body, you won’t be able to reach your weight or fitness goals.  Regardless of whether your desire is losing some weight or to get more lean & fit, without the nutrition element, your efforts will only give you minimal results. We have teamed up with ViSalus Sciences (Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge) as an option for those looking to help support their current nutrition plan. We also recommend using a great online tool & app to help monitor & keep track of your daily intake of nutrition and fitness activities, http://myfitnesspal.com (also an app for iPhone & Android).

MyFitnessPal:

  • Medical studies show that keeping a food journal DOUBLES your weight loss!
  • Easy and fast
  • Completely free, with no strings attached
  • Includes a large database of foods to choose from & has the ability to scan a food item with the iPhone app to upload into your myfitnesspal.com online account.  So easy!!  Does include ViSalus products and a number of other meal plans.
MyFitnessPal Online & Apps Sync

MyFitnessPal Online & iPhone/Android Apps Sync

Fitness: It is also critical that you have an active lifestyle. Without proper fitness, you’ll be missing 20% of the equation in reaching your goals. “The Shelton Challenge” helps you to create healthy habits by participating in fun activities that will burn calories and build muscle. With the support of local fitness organizations, each participant has an opportunity to attend an assortment of fitness classes for all levels. There will also be available outside group activities as well as the option of leading your own fitness events. As The Shelton Challenge grows, additional workout facilities will become available in our community. To lead a group, please contact us @ coachcathyfitness@gmail.com.

Competition: Healthy, fun competition keeps us motivated to work harder on our goals. Teams will compete against each other for BRAGGING rights each week. This is not a Biggest Loser Challenge…this is a challenge on whatever health/fitness goal you desire to work on for a 90 day period. It could include weight loss, increase lean muscle, prepare for a 5K, or other special activity. Every 90 days, you’ll begin a new challenge. This allows a chance to push hard for shorter intervals allowing you to reassess your goals & where you want to focus for the next 90 days. [Size and structure of teams will vary. The goal is to have similar groups compete against each other. i.e. Schools, Businesses, Government, Law Enforcement, Tribes, etc.]

Accountability: This may be the most important aspect of The Shelton Challenge. Most of us have tried a variety of diet’s or activities to finally lose the weight we’ve seen added year after year…or perhaps have been noticing a decline in our muscle tone. We have the desire to make a change, however, we fail because we don’t have a group of people to walk alongside…to challenge, motivate and inspire us to push ourselves farther than we could do on our own. Research shows that participating with others towards reaching a health/fitness goal, increases a person’s rate of success x3. When you join The Shelton Challenge, you will be part of a growing group of people with similar goals and aspirations throughout our entire community. The best part! When you invite a friend/co-worker/family member/neighbor to join The Shelton Challenge, you will be building your own accountability group to help support your health goals.

Cost to Participate

$10 The Shelton Challenge T-Shirt (Business Sponsorship Available w/Logo on Backside)

There may be a fee for the use of local participating facilities.

Lose Weight, Tone Up & Feel Great

Have Fun with Friends While Getting Fit

Reaching Past Our Goals to Change a Community!

Giving Back to the Community!

The Shelton Challenge is working closely with The Saints’ Pantry in providing healthy non-perishable protein meal replacement meals to feed hungry children, families and seniors in Shelton. The focus of  The Shelton Challenge is toward raising awareness and funds for The Saints’ Pantry Backpack Program benefiting local students in need. ViSalus Sciences will match each $24 donation and send the meals to The Saints’ Pantry. That’s 60 children’s meals total. For further info on The Community Challenge, visit http://coachcathy.visalusgiving.com/

References

♦ “Winning the Food Fight, Victory in the Physical and Spiritual Battle for Good Food and a Healthy Lifestyle,” Steve Willis, 2011 (Amazon)
♦ Biro FM, Wien M. Childhood obesity and adult morbidities. Am J Clin Nutr. May 2010;91(5):1499S—1505S.
♦ Whitaker RC, Wright JA, Pepe MS, Seidel KD, Dietz WH. Predicting obesity in young adulthood from childhood and parental obesity. N Engl J Med 1997;37(13):869—873.
♦ Serdula MK, Ivery D, Coates RJ, Freedman DS. Williamson DF. Byers T. Do obese children become obese adults? A review of the literature. Prev Med 1993;22:167—177.
♦ National Institutes of Health. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: the Evidence Report. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 1998.
♦ Freedman DS, Khan LK, Dietz WH, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. Relationship of childhood overweight to coronary heart disease risk factors in adulthood: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Pediatrics 2001;108:712—718.
♦ Community Challenge, ViSalus Sciences http://coachcathy.visalusgiving.com/  [ This will be changed to The Saints’ Pantry giving site]
http://My90DayWin.com  Olympia based health/fitness program

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ViSalus Sciences Donates 1.2 Million Health Nutrition Packed “Mini Meal Cookies” to 100 Food Banks Across North America!

 PRESS RELEASE

ViSalus Sciences® Donates 1.2 Million Healthy Nutrition Packed “Mini Meal Cookies” to Area Food Banks Across North America to Feed Hungry Children in Support of Hunger Action Month.

Wellness Company Donates Healthy Meals to Children in Need

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24, 2012  – ViSalus™, known for its mission of helping people transform their health and fitness through the Body By Vi™ 90-Day Challenge, has donated $1.2 million worth of its all natural “mini-meal” Nutra-Cookies™ to over 100 Food Banks across North America.

“ViSalus is committed to health and wellness. That includes ensuring that families have access to healthy and nutritious food regardless of their circumstances.  We know when food is scarce, healthy choices become limited,” said Ryan Blair, ViSalus co-founder and chief executive officer. “It is our privilege to partner with organizations, to help them provide healthy alternative snacks to those who need it the most.”

Visalus is shipping to the Saints’ Pantry, 10 cases of individually wrapped Nutra-Cookies which provide a healthy, convenient on-the-go snack. Each Nutra-Cookie contains nine grams of protein, a full serving of fiber, calcium and fruit and vegetable nutrients and come in three flavors: Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Raisin.

Each of the 100 Food Bank’s that received the “Mini Meal Cookies” is a participant of the ViSalus Sciences® Community Challenge. The Community Challenge has donated over 2 million meals to area food banks since its inception, November 2009. For as little as 50 cents per meal, ViSalus Promoters, Customers & Community can make a donation to be matched meal for meal by ViSalus with the company’s Vi-Shape® Nutritional Shake Mix that will provide healthy, high quality, non-perishable protein nutrition to children.

 “Our company is founded in name and spirit on the pillars of Life, Health, and Prosperity,” said ViSalus Chief Marketing Officer Blake Mallen. “To us, Prosperity is about much more than financial freedom; it’s about the ability to give back to the people and causes that touch your heart.”  Co-Founder, Nick Sarnicola is humbled to have an opportunity to combine the benefits of ViSalus products with the giving spirit of the ViSalus community. “To have great products is one thing,” said Sarnicola. “To have a great product that children can benefit from and enjoy is another. For our community to make this product available for free to the children who need it most is the ultimate form of contribution we can achieve.”

“There are too many children in this world who don’t have a fighting chance because they simply don’t have the means to get the nutrition their bodies need each day. To succeed at school, on the athletic field, or simply to grow up to be healthy, nothing is more important than nutrition,” said ViSalus CEO Ryan Blair

— END – About ViSalus  ~  Founded in 2005 with headquarters in Los Angeles, CA and Troy, MI, ViSalus™ is the company behind the Body by VI ™ Challenge, a 90-day health transformation platform. ViSalus champions personal victories and entrepreneurship through a social marketing model, premium products, and support community. ViSalus™ is majority-owned by Blyth, Inc. (NYSE: BTH). To learn more about the Community Challenge, visit http://SaintDavids.VisalusGiving.com For more info on the Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge, visit http://SaintDavids.BodyByVi.com

Calling On All Mason County Business Community…..A Way to Give Back!

What a blessing to have a local business contribute $500 recently for the Saints’ Pantry Backpack Program. Shelton School District has identified 387 students who are either homeless or extremely low income.  With this contribution, 21 students will receive 60 child sized meals of nutritious non-perishable protein that tastes great and feeds the body with quality nutrients,vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber so critical for healthy body growth and brain development.

The need has never been greater with a reduction in food stamp allotments, nationwide drought & a significant decrease in food pantry donations by faithful food contributors.

Here’s how you can help.  Simply donate $24 per one non-perishable protein pouch (feeds 60 child sized meals).  Your $24 goes farther with the Community Challenge…as the regular price per pouch is $49.  Your $24 gets matched and is shipped out on your behalf directly to the Saints’ Pantry at no cost to the food pantry and with free shipping. These bags are given to the Shelton School District Liaison to these at-risk kids.

You can put out a “Community Challenge” with your business, members, customers, church congregations and individuals.  Simply take the funds you receive and order the “Community Challenge” pouches directly through Saint David’s Parrish “Giving: website.  http://saintdavids.visalusgiving.com

Imagine making the difference in the lives of children in our own community.

You can reach me with any questions @ coachcathyfitness@gmail.com

Our goal is reaching every one of the 387 students!

Blessings!  Coach Cathy ❤Image

“Game On!” The Shelton Challenge Missing Link ~ Accountability & Competition!

So I got a phone call from my oldest daughter, Jacque, who lives in Orlando. At the moment I was in Safeway going through my Safeway Mobile App for screaming deals…when the phone rang.  The joy of hearing my daughter, who in her first 28 years of life was never more than 80 miles from me, tops my day, any day!

Jacque has no idea about “The Shelton Challenge” that God placed on my heart back in January 2012, that gets my community up and moving AND (KEY***) eating for health.  My obstacle was the accountability portion.  How do you make getting fit & eating healthy exciting for each person while incorporating some accountability to the equation?  That was my road block…obstacle that has loomed over my kicking this challenge into full gear.

Here in the aisles of Safeway, she shared with me a book that incorporates getting fit & healthy into a fun game with a specific format that breaks down ALL the obstacles! WoooHoooo!

The book is titled, “The Game On! Diet,” by Grey’s Anatomy writer, Krista Vernoff and her personal friend and fitness trainer, AZ Ferguson.  I do want to warn you, as Jacque did we me. The language Krista uses at times, is definitely not what would ever come out of my mouth.  However, the content, humor and game plan is absolutely brilliant!

Click on the book image below to get to browse inside…get a glimpse of this powerful tool..then get back to me to get going on building your team and opponents.  Yep, Game On!!!

Browse Inside The Game On! Diet: Kick Your Friend’s Butt While Shrinking Your Own by Krista Vernoff & Az Ferguson

Watch this video in which Krista and AZ share some of Game On! details as well as hear from some Game On! success stories.

I see this as a perfect balance between…for me “The Body By Vi Challenge” kicked into high gear.  For you, it may be the BBVi Challenge or you might be incorporating another weight loss/fitness platform.  Bottom line: Find what program works for you and kick it with Game On!

Goldsborough Creek Run Walk Jog Saturday June 2, 2012 Benefiting Mason General Hospital Foundation

Goldsborough Creek Run Walk Jog Saturday June 2, 2012

 

The Shelton Challenge encourages everyone, young to old, to participate in this year’s Goldsborough Creek’s Run ♦ Walk ♦ Jog this coming Saturday, June 2, 2012.

Geared to meet everyone’s fitness level. A great way for the entire family to participate.

Goldsborough Creek Run course begins on the Shelton Valley Loop Road. The 7-mile stretch takes the loop around the valley, with the 2-mile start line leaving the valley and progressing down Railroad Avenue.  All participants will have completed their race on Railroad Avenue prior to the start of the Mason County Forest Festival Paul Bunyan Parade.

A fabulous way to get out and MOVE while supporting the Mason General Hospital Foundation.

Can’t Wait to See Y’All @ the Finish Line!

Goldsborough Creek Run Walk Jog Saturday June 2, 2012 Benefiting Mason General Hospital Foundation

Wow! What a beautiful morning for this 7 mile walk. Started @ 7 am in the Shelton Valley with just a light drizzle or rain…lasted just a few minutes. So many of our prayers were answered!! The countryside was amazing as it seemed to stretch out forever with curious cows wondering what is this herd of people doing?!?!?
The fellow walkers were a joy to participate with….actually the most fun was getting to know one another as we waited for everyone to finish for the coveted “Raffle!”  The crowd was packed with women who work @ Mason General Hospital. Loved seeing these ladies helping to support their employer and put fitness and health as a priority.
I am in awe to think about my past year’s journey with the Body by Vi Challenge that literally took me from being overweight, tired…very little energy, as well as pain & fatigue from the past 16 years due to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy…a disease I sustained from a volleyball injury.  Took me from being an active parent, soccer player, school nurse, volleyball & soccer coach to minimal activity…only able to continue volleyball coaching, Praise the Lord!  Yes, Victim to Victorious!!!
To learn more about the Body by Vi Journey, visit http://CoachCathyChallenge.com  It could be the answer to your prayers, like me; or someone you might know.  Feel free to share this information and website with others you know and love.
Goldsborough Creek 7 Mile Walk June 2, 2012  Victim to Victorious!

Goldsborough Creek 7 Mile Walk June 2, 2012 Victim to Victorious!

It’s Your Community!

Part of the joy, I’m learning, living in a small community, are the many opportunities of standing in the gap for helping others.

It all started by connecting with Steve Russell, the Executive Director of The Saints’ Pantry this past February.  I had a wonderful conversation with him regarding the ability to bring quality nonperishable protein to help feed the hungry and homeless they serve through the ViSalus Community Challenge.  Steve was extremely grateful, as that’s one area they are limited in providing for complete nutrition for those they serve.

Steve shared the 30 year history of this organization and their mission.  What they are able to accomplish and reach even outside their walls is remarkable.

We need to let people know that we are here,
willing and able to help, with compassion and
without prejudice. All we need to know
is that they are hungry and we will feed them.

— Steve Russell, Director

  The Saints’ Pantry Food Bank214 S. 2nd Street, Shelton WA 98584Mailing address: P.O. Box 1064, Shelton WA 98584

Phone: 360-427-8847

Web:  www.saintspantry.org

Email:  webmaster@saintspantry.org

About The Saints’ Pantry
What we doSince 1981, The Saints’ Pantry Food Bank has been working to make sure that no one in the Shelton area goes hungry. Through a network of community partners, we collect, sort and store canned goods, fresh produce, and other household essentials so we can provide food to those who need it most.Food Distribution

Last year, The Saints’ Pantry provided 557,371 pounds of food to 13,471 families (and the 55,075 individuals in their households).

The Food Bank is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 12 noon. Because of the high unemploy-ment rate, demand is growing. Lines now reach around the corner and we sign up an average of 20 new families each week.

Nutrition Counseling

Food Sense Nutrition Program:   Dieticians from the WSU Extension Program prepare nutritious recipes with food available at The Saints’ Pantry. Samples and recipe cards in both English and Spanish are available to our clients.

Community Services Literature Rack

The Saints’ Pantry provides a literature rack at the Food Bank so our clients can learn about services available from local agencies including Mason County Literacy, Turning Pointe, and the Crime Victims Advocacy Network. WIC provides immunizations, health plans and dental care, and the Community Action Council provides housing, help with phone and electric bills, dental program, senior services, etc.

Community PartnersOur dedicated Volunteers sort and distribute food.Church Partners collect food from their congregations:

  • St. David’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Edward’s Catholic Church
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Calvary Fellowship
  • Shelton Presbyterian Church
  • Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

Food Network Partners:

  • Northwest Harvest
  • Food Lifeline’s Grocery Rescue Program with area grocers including Walmart, Safeway, Fred Meyer, and Healthy Benefits Market.

Local Organizations:

  • WSU Extension Program (Food Sense Nutrition)
  • School Food Drives
  • Empty Bowls event sponsored by the Shelton Arts Commission
  • U.S. Postal Service Food Drive
  • Curves for Women Food Drive
  • Edward Jones Food Drive
  • Mason County Public Hospital Food Drive
  • Food Bank Gardens sponsored by Master Gardeners
  • The Food Bank Garden at the Washington Corrections Center

We thank all our partners for caring
and for sharing to help
hungry families in our area!

The Saints’ Pantry is an approved recipient of ViSalus’s Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix.  It’s packed with high quality protein and nutrients many families don’t have access to.   Individual’s can donate $24 to feed one child 60 meals (4-12 years old) or 30 adult meals (over 12 years of age).  ViSalus then matches that $24 contribution and sends it to a local approved community food bank/pantry.  For the Shelton Community, that charity is The Saints’ Pantry.

ViSalus Community Challenge

This video shares the nutrients (equivalent of foods)  in the Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix.

 Stay tuned for Part 2 of “It’s Your Community!”

One Meal ~ Making a Difference

I had the pleasure of attending the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for those who help our community feed the hungry and homeless.  It was a wonderful evening of praising God for His abundant blessings and recognizing those who have given so much of their time and resources to help ensure we take care of the poor.

We had this poem at each of our seats.  It has always touched my heart deeply, but reading it in the context of One More Meal, One More Life, One More Given Hope…it now became personal as I can see each face I have had the pleasure to serve, especially the children.

May you read this in a new light and be blessed.

One Meal Making a Difference

One Meal Making a Difference